Sonoma Coast Wine


The Sonoma Coast AVA is an extensive part of Sonoma County, California. It stretches between San Pablo Bay to Mendocino along the Pacific coast, east to the coastal ranges. The climate created by such close proximity to the Pacific Ocean is that of heavy rainfall, cool winds and heavy fog. Most of the vineyards are planted into the ridges, keeping them as far above the fogline as possible as well as maximizing their sun exposure. 
There are certain varietals that respond well to such conditions, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but the region is also known for its Rieslings and Syrah. 
The Fort Ross AVA is included within the Sonoma Coast. 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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Varietals Produced in Sonoma Coast View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Popular Wineries in Sonoma Coast View all

  • Hirsch Vineyards and Winery

    Perched on a ridge overlooking the Pacific at Fort Ross, Sonoma County, Hirsch Vineyards is the b...

  • Failla

    History of the Brand While the history of Failla (pronounced FAY-la) is short it is not withou...

  • Sojourn Cellars

    For over 10 years, Sojourn Cellars has produced distinctive Pinot noir and Cabernet Sauvignon win...

  • Ridgeway

    Michael Ridgeway had a vision in 2001 when he first set his eyes on the property that is now “Two...

  • Keller Estate

    A visually stunning winery at the gateway to the Sonoma Wine Country. Keller Estate features u...

  • Tandem Winery

    Our Background shows a long history of working passionately with high-end labels; the team of gro...

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  • MacMurray Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2015


    Bright red cherry aromas with a light note of cranberry, this is fresh and floral with darkly sweet spice. Soft and mellow note with a zesty mid palate that delivers a bold freshness and a mixture of blueberry and plum spice, more notes of fresh cranberry and lightly textured tannins, a smooth and balanced wine with soft fruit and fall spice tow... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • T-Vine Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel Russian River Valley 2015


    Restrained and brooding chocolate and licorice aromas with notes of cherry and raspberry. Concentrated and explosive on the palate with a rich mouthfeel of cherry, red currant and raspberry with a bracing acidity and an unwavering spice adding a lot of depth and complexity but falling away slowly on the finish, releasing blueberry and chocolate ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Frei Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Alexander Valley 2015


    Creamy dark chocolate and vanilla extract aromas, oaky and full aromas with blackberries and black currant preserves. A bit of tartness on the palate to start with a creamy texture throughout, grainy tannins and milk chocolate with blackberry jam towards the finish and a fruity, vanilla palate that finishes with good length and depth. 89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Wilson Ranch 2016


    Floral and fruity on the nose. Peachy and fresh with a note of minerality on the medium length finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Zichichi Cabernet Sauvignon Pyramid Vineyard 2013


    Very dark in the glass. Nose of dark fruit. Dark fruit on entryblackberry, blueberry. Still quite stiff tannin. With the acid content, I think this one would be fine laying sideways for a few more years. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Ramey Platt Vineyard Chardonnay 2014


    Lightly oakednice. Plenty of up front tropical fruitpassion fruit, pineapple, kiwi. Very delightful tart acid. Tingle on the tongue from the acid lasts for several seconds. A very enjoyable and refreshing wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Limerick Lane Syrah 'Headpruned Block' 2013


    Oh wow, is this good. Its kind of all over the place with flavor suggestions, but they are only suggestionsblackberry, black plum, coffee, unsweetened chocolatenothing really dominates. Chocolate sensation probably was really from tannin. Winner, winner. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Rodney Strong Vineyards Upshot Red Blend Sonoma County 2015


    Powerful and expressive aromatics of red currant, black cherry and oak shavings with milk chocolate and black pepper heat. Juicy blackberry and black currant flavors on the palate with warm cinnamon and cloves notes, a touch of licorice, mixed berry and warm maple flavors, finishing with a dose of cream soda, cherry and thick tannic structure. G... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Ledson Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Pine Mountain 2003


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  • St. Francis Chardonnay 2015


    ABV 14.5% Very ripe with moderate acidity and is dominated by oak tannin. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

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